HAWKS manager Lee Bradbury admits a lack of confidence is the team’s main problem after they lost 4-1 at Margate.
He also indicated it might be time to let a few players go and bring in some fresh faces.
I want my players to wear the badge with pride and at the moment not everyone is doing thatLee Bradbury
The Hawks conceded three goals in eight minutes at the start of the second half at Hartsdown Park.
Their latest defeat means they have now gone eight games without a win in the Vanarama National League South.
During that time they have managed just two draws, taking only two points from the last 24 on offer.
That is relegation form and Bradbury knows his team need to turn it around quickly.
It won’t be easy, though, as they face a trip to second-placed Oxford City on Tuesday night.
Things won’t get any easier after that either, with high-flying Maidenhead United due at Westleigh Park next Saturday
The priority for the Hawks is to avoid dropping into the bottom three by the end of the week.
That was unthinkable at the start of the season when they were touted as one of the title favourites.
At the moment, though, the league table makes unpleasant reading with the Hawks in 19th place just one point above the drop-zone.
These are tough times for Bradbury, who faces the biggest test of his managerial career to date.
‘Eight games without a win isn’t good enough,’ said Bradbury.
‘I want my players to wear the badge with pride and at the moment not everyone is doing that.
‘At least four players let us down.
‘It wasn’t just lack of confidence but also a lack of effort.
‘Up until half-time we were the better team.
‘But once they scored after the break we folded.
‘Players switched off and lost their concentration.’
Both teams started the game with a point to prove.
Margate were yet to win at home this season and the Hawks were still without an away win.
But Margate struck first and then two more goals followed in quick fashion to leave the Hawks once again staring defeat in the face.
Warren Cummings’ first goal for the Hawks late on proved to be no more than a consolation.
In fact, Margate had the last word with a stoppage-time penalty to leave the Hawks well-beaten and Bradbury frustrated again.
‘The game was lost in seven or eight minutes of madness,’ said Bradbury.
‘I want my players to fight and be resilient when things go against them.
‘In too many games this season we have not played for the whole 90 minutes.’
Hawks: Young, Medway, Cummings, Stock, McCarthy, Dutton, Swallow (Azeez 61), Donnelly, Paterson (Morgan 70), Hayter, Clifton (Thomson 61).